It is not uncommon to hear people say that they have lived their lives with “no regrets”. They often state that they would live just the same if they had it to do all over again. That sentiment is one hard to imagine coming from the mouth of a Christian. While we may affirm the truth that God works all things together for good (Romans 8:28), there ought to be a true remorse for the times we have sinned against our holy and loving God. If reliving a situation were possible, I trust we would all want to amend a transgression that assailed our Savior, or maximize an opportunity to advance the cause of Christ. But the Bible is clear, we cannot. Thankfully, our iniquities and missed opportunities have been dealt with on the cross. And God of course, would have us live in the present and not the past (Philippians 3:13). He wants us to look ahead, not backwards. While our sinful histories rightly make us remorseful, the good news is our forgiveness is complete and more opportunities to glorify Christ lie before us. We can all admit we have regrets, but let us be quick to praise God that his grace is greater than our sin and today is a new day to live for Christ.
-- Pastor Mike
Few concepts are more basic to Christianity-or more important to a Christian's personal and spiritual well-being-than forgiveness. Yet in an age in which it has become fashionable to "forgive yourself" rather than to forgive others, can our modern ways of understanding guilt, blame, mercy, and justice be reconciled with Jesus' teaching?
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